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PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Chester
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

The course starts in September with your first placement starting immediately. You will spend most of your time in school, either here at SJP or in one of our partner schools, with a dedicated subject mentor and a professional mentor who will oversee your training. You will be part of the school community from day one. You will start observing lessons and will gradually start teaching at a pace that suits you. You will be guided every step of the way by our experienced mentors and teachers.

School placements

You will have three placements, with two of them being in the same school setting. You will be teaching students aged 11 to 18 over the course of your three placements. At least one of your placements will be in St John Plessington Catholic College.

It is important that you are able to travel as placements will be in Alliance schools and trainees may also have joint professional development sessions in Alliance schools. Placements will be in schools of contrasting natures and you will have the opportunity to benefit from first-class professional development.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

2:1 degree or above (will accept 2:2 for Chemistry, Maths, MFL and Physics) GCSE A*-C grade in Mathematics and English Language You must meet the University’s general entry requirements for PGCE.

Recent school experience e.g. observations, voluntary assistance or learning support in UK schools is desirable for both primary and secondary applicants (see our School Experience provision).

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £12,450

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract.

About the training provider

St John Plessington Catholic College (SJP) is an 11-18 comprehensive school on the Wirral, judged by Ofsted to be an outstanding school in all areas in May 2013. We were named the TES School of the Year 2010-11 and in 2013 we won the TES Maths and Numeracy Award as well as being runners up for the English and Literacy Award.

Interview process

Interview takes the form of a written task, an opportunity to interact with students, observation of your chosen subject and an interview with one of our Senior Leadership Team and the Head of the Department that you have applied to join.

Contact this training provider

Old Chester Road
CH63 7LF

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021